Brain Health

The Economist: Muscled Out

Human brains are greedy. Though they constitute only 2% of an adult’s body weight, they consume a fifth of his or her metabolic energy. Indeed, according to a school of thought led by Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, keeping the brain running is so demanding that only the invention of cooking, which makes more nutrients […]

Red Orbit: BRAIN Initiative Gains Momentum In Anxiety, Depression Research

The researchers have devised a strategy which they hope will help them to first identify brain signaling pathways that are associated with the two conditions. Once this has been achieved, they believe they then can produce devices that will precisely target those pathways in order to provide stimulation therapy meant to help the brain strengthen […]

Tech Times: Cynics are three times more prone to have Alzheimer’s: Study

Old age and cynicism appear to have something in common. Both are risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Cynical individuals have already been associated with elevated risks for health disease but findings of a new study conducted by researchers from Finland found that there are more unwanted health implications of being distrustful. (May 30, 2014) Read the […]

The Guardian: Which side of the brain is most important for a business leader?

Psychologists have called the rational approach “left brain”, the part of our mental equipment that deals well with logical and analytical thinking and is driven by the rational – such as objectivity, evidence and quantifying results. But it increasingly appears that an effective business armoury is going to involve something more – a “right brain” […]

Sci-Tech Today: Caring for a Baby Changes a Man’s Brain

A new study finds that the more a father cares for his offspring, the more his brain looks and behaves like that of a mother engaged in the everyday care of a child. Researchers say a dad who steps in to help or a gay father raising a child with no woman in the picture […]

FOX: Saving cognitive capitol

The Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training, also called SMART, program is based on cognitive neuroscience principles of how to best engage the rapidly developing frontal brain networks to build strategic thinking, advanced reasoning, and innovative problem solving skills. SMART is different than other training approaches.  The program focuses on top-down processing of information, rather than […]

Time: Porn May Be Bad for Your Brain, Study Suggests

A new study finds that men who watch a lot of pornography tend to have less gray matter volume as well as less activity in the region of the brain linked to rewards. The German study, published in JAMA Psychiatry and which analyzed a relatively small sample, provides the first evidence which could lead to establishing a […]

Medical News Today: Psychiatric risks differ for boys and girls: brain blood flow diverges in puberty

Though cerebral blood flow levels decrease in the same way for both boys and girls before puberty, new research reveals that they differ significantly during puberty; levels increase in females and decrease in males. Researchers say their findings give clues to sex-specific susceptibilities to certain psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. (May 28, […]

National Geographic: Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain’s Growth, Study Suggests

Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength. The upshot, says biologist Roland Roberts, is that “weak muscles may be the price we pay for the metabolic demands of our amazing cognitive powers.” Scientists […]

Time: Why Some People Get Depressed And Others Get Resilient

New research in mice show certain neurons in the brain may determine whether someone is depressed or resilient Some people thrive under stress and tight deadlines, and others become crippled with defeat. A team of scientists looked to mice to find biological answers for these different responses and found the reason my lie deep in […]